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The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

Updated March 18, 2020 138.3k votes 15.5k voters 164.2k views100 items

List RulesAny boxer who competed as a heavyweight is eligible. No other weight classes

The best heavyweight boxers of all time are not just the best boxers in that weight class but also arguably many of the best boxers of all time. These men dominated their matches during their respective times, won championships and even fought each other on occasion in some of the most well known boxing matches in history.

Easily the best of all time, Muhammad Ali is undoubtedly the best heavyweight boxer to ever step in the ring. As the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion, Ali fought many of the other members on this list in many of the greatest boxing matches ever such as when he duked it out with Joe Frazier and George Foreman and lost only five matches over his career which spanned over 20 years.

Going beyond "The Greatest," many other notable heavyweight boxers have earned their place on these rankings too. Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield are all easily among the best heavyweight boxers ever. Even current boxers made the list with the current Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko from the Ukraine a modern legend.

Be them current champions or legends from yesteryear, these are surely boxers that should not be messed with. Share your thoughts on which of these men are the best in their weight class by voting, adding to or re-ranking this list of the best heavyweight boxers of all time.

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  • Floyd Patterson26
    1,014
    915

    Floyd Patterson

    Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)
  • Jack Johnson27
    1,507
    1,754

    Jack Johnson

    Dec. at 68 (1878-1946)
  • Anthony Joshua28
    1,095
    866

    Anthony Joshua

    Age: 30
  • Henry Cooper29
    412
    445

    Henry Cooper

    Dec. at 77 (1934-2011)
  • Jess Willard30
    424
    476

    Jess Willard

    Dec. at 87 (1881-1968)
  • Deontay Wilder31
    846
    851
  • Larry Holmes32
    1,958
    2,736
  • Riddick Bowe33
    665
    775
  • Earnie Shavers34
    493
    567
  • Jerry Quarry35
    320
    360

    Jerry Quarry

    Dec. at 54 (1945-1999)
  • Ingemar Johansson36
    433
    520

    Ingemar Johansson

    Dec. at 77 (1932-2009)
  • Sam Langford37
    449
    553

    Sam Langford was "The Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows," as he was called by ESPN, and he was indeed a great fighter. He fought in five weight divisions, and experts agree that he was the best boxer never to win a world title. Langford also fought a lot of great fighters such as Joe Gans, Tiger Flowers, Stanley Ketchel, Joe Jeanettei, Jack O’ Brien and Young Peter Jackson. And he also fought no one that would have been considered a "tomato can" or a "bum." He had a very good record even though he fought Harry Wills 17 times and only won twice. He is the greatest Canadian boxer of all time, and was better than most Americans.

  • George Chuvalo38
    429
    520
  • Jack Sharkey39
    211
    298

    Jack Sharkey

    Dec. at 92 (1902-1994)
  • Roy Jones Jr.40
    656
    803
  • Tommy Morrison41
    440
    646

    Tommy Morrison

    Dec. at 44 (1969-2013)
  • David Tua42
    299
    417

    David Tua

    Age: 47
  • Ray Mercer43
    232
    296

    Ray Mercer

    Age: 58
  • Michael Spinks44
    335
    511
  • Teófilo Stevenson45
    213
    301

    Teófilo Stevenson

    Dec. at 60 (1952-2012)
  • Andy Ruiz Jr.46
    187
    294

    Andy Ruiz Jr.

    Age: 30
  • Frank Bruno47
    258
    413
    Franklin Roy "Frank" Bruno MBE (born 16 November 1961)
  • Primo Carnera48
    137
    223

    Primo Carnera

    Dec. at 61 (1906-1967)
  • Ernie Terrell49
    15
    24
  • David Haye50
    183
    286

    David Haye

    Age: 39